Matt Hardy on John Laurinaitis: He would call me to release me. He enjoyed it

“He was ultimately the bad guy for Vince McMahon"

by Sead Dedovic
Matt Hardy on John Laurinaitis: He would call me to release me. He enjoyed it

There is no doubt that John Laurinaitis is one of the legends in the world of professional wrestling. Over the course of his career, he has built an impressive reputation as a wrestler and executive in the wrestling business.

As a professional wrestler, Laurinaitis started his career in 1986 when he joined the National Wrestling Alliance. It was not long before he rose through the ranks of the organization and became one of the top wrestlers in the organization.

As a professional wrestler, he had a stint in the World Wrestling Federation (now known as WWE) from 1990 to 1992, and after that he returned to the NWA for several years. John Laurinaitis is also one of the most controversial personalities on the WWE scene.

In his The Extreme Life podcast, Matt Hardy talked about John Laurinaitis and their conflict in 2005. Hardy was frustrated with Laurinaitis and what he was doing at the time. “John Laurinaitis and I, we had a lot of issues.

I felt like whenever he called to release me in 2005, I felt like he was getting a little bit of enjoyment out of it because he’s like, ‘this guy clashed with me and he questioned my judgment”. - he said, as quoted by

Matt Hardy on John Laurinaitis

Matt Hardy is aware of the difficult job John has, and that it is not easy to give bad news to others.

He had to do the 'dirty work' Hardy is happy with him now though and there is no 'bad blood' between them. “He was ultimately the bad guy for Vince McMahon. Vince McMahon doesn’t need to give people the bad news… That’s John Laurinaitis’ job.

So that’s a tough job. It’s a very thankless job in many ways, too. So at the end of the day, I’ve had my issues with John Laurinaitis, but I’m okay with John Lauriniatis now, and I’m fine with him. I have respect for him”.

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